water http://wfpl.org en For Water Supplies in Kentucky's Mountains, Look in Abandoned Coal Mines http://wfpl.org/post/water-supplies-kentuckys-mountains-look-abandoned-coal-mines <p>Indiana's abandoned coal mines contain up to <a href="http://indianapublicmedia.org/news/report-water-resources-lie-untapped-indianas-mines-62538/" target="_blank">172 billion gallons of water, according to a recent study</a>. This is water that filters down through the ground and coal seams, pooling in the abandoned mines.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 8594 at http://wfpl.org For Water Supplies in Kentucky's Mountains, Look in Abandoned Coal Mines Is Kentucky Limestone Water Indispensible for Bourbon? http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-limestone-water-indispensible-bourbon <p>Water is an essential ingredient in bourbon. And many local distillers have long said the commonwealth’s unique limestone water distinguishes Kentucky bourbon from competitors. But how important is it really?</p><p>To legally be called bourbon, the spirit has to be made of mostly corn. It has to be aged in new charred-oak barrels. And it has to be made in the United States. There's no rule that dictates what type of water is used, but many local distillers say no matter what the law says, bourbon isn't bourbon unless it's made with limestone water.</p><p>It's a stipulation that goes back to the early days of bourbon. University of Kentucky geology professor Alan Fryar says it was easy access to limestone water that played an integral role in launching the bourbon industry here centuries ago. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 12:30:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 7696 at http://wfpl.org Is Kentucky Limestone Water Indispensible for Bourbon? Do We Have Enough Water for Our Energy? http://wfpl.org/post/do-we-have-enough-water-our-energy <p>A new report out from Boston-based <a href="http://www.synapse-energy.com/" target="_blank">Synapse Energy Economics</a> raises a question that doesn't seem to come up enough when talking about energy: what about water?</p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 12:01:28 +0000 Erica Peterson 1727 at http://wfpl.org Do We Have Enough Water for Our Energy? CEO Says Proposed Innovation Center Could Make Louisville International Center of Water Research http://wfpl.org/post/ceo-says-proposed-innovation-center-could-make-louisville-international-center-water-research <p>Louisville Water Company officials say they’d like to build an international water innovation center in Louisville. The idea was presented today as part of a pre-Idea Festival conference focusing on water.</p><p><a href="http://www.louisvilleky.gov/LWC" target="_blank">Louisville Water Company </a>CEO Greg Heitzman says the idea makes sense in a place like Louisville.</p><p>“Essentially what it will do is bring water to the people,” he said. “So what we’re going to be doing is taking what we do inside of our water company box and opening that up to the public.”</p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 20:14:40 +0000 Erica Peterson 1703 at http://wfpl.org CEO Says Proposed Innovation Center Could Make Louisville International Center of Water Research Water Conference Presenter Advocates for Restoration of Falls of the Ohio http://wfpl.org/post/water-conference-presenter-advocates-restoration-falls-ohio <p>A consultant says Louisville should restore the Falls of the Ohio to its natural state, which would spur tourism. The presentation was part of today’s pre-Idea Festival conference about water.</p><p>The Falls of the Ohio are technically still there, but most of the falls have been covered by flooding from the McAlpine dam. Steven Greseth says the dam should be relocated, and the historic falls should be restored.</p><p>Greseth says restoring the falls would give Kentucky and Indiana residents a tie to their history to be proud of, and could also boost tourism in the area.</p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 20:10:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 1705 at http://wfpl.org Pre-IdeaFestival Symposium to Focus on Water http://wfpl.org/post/pre-ideafestival-symposium-focus-water <p>The actual Idea Festival starts on Wednesday. But on Tuesday, there’s a day of lectures and discussions all relating to water.</p><p>Speakers will run the gamut, from Greg Heitzman of Louisville Water to Gregory Luhan, architecture professor and associate dean of research at the University of Kentucky College of Design.</p> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 11:30:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 1669 at http://wfpl.org Pre-IdeaFestival Symposium to Focus on Water IdeaFestival Announces Pre-Festival Water Conference http://wfpl.org/post/ideafestival-announces-pre-festival-water-conference <p>IdeaFestival 2012 will kick off with a <a href="http://www.ideafestival.com/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=11804temid=54" target="_blank">day-long conference</a> about water--how we use it, what happens when there's not enough of it and how groups and countries are addressing the global water crisis.</p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 14:50:13 +0000 Erica Peterson 1485 at http://wfpl.org IdeaFestival Announces Pre-Festival Water Conference Water Shortage Watch Announced for Twenty-Seven Kentucky Counties http://wfpl.org/post/water-shortage-watch-announced-twenty-seven-kentucky-counties <p>Kentucky officials have declared a water shortage watch for 27 counties, mostly in central and western parts of the state.</p><p>Nearly all of the state outside of Jefferson and nearby counties is in some degree of drought. Many have been classified as abnormally dry, but central and northern Kentucky are in a level one drought, and the entire western part of the state is in a level two drought. That means in some places, water is becoming scarce.</p><p>The state issues water shortage watches when drought conditions could possibly threaten the availability of drinking water supplies.</p> Fri, 06 Jul 2012 14:00:36 +0000 Erica Peterson 924 at http://wfpl.org Water Shortage Watch Announced for Twenty-Seven Kentucky Counties Team Will Begin Floyds Fork Interviews With Residents This Week http://wfpl.org/post/team-will-begin-floyds-fork-interviews-residents-week <p>Researchers from the University of Kentucky will begin interviewing citizens, businesses and non-profits this week about Floyds Fork. This is part of a collaboration between state and federal agencies to rehabilitate the watershed.</p><p>Floyds Fork has been designated as &ldquo;impaired,&rdquo; which means its waterway can&rsquo;t fulfill its designated functions. The state Division of Water has asked the EPA to help determine the maximum amount of pollution that can be discharged into the watershed without exceeding the state water quality standard.</p> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 12:30:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 650 at http://wfpl.org